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Point Blank is a podcast about hardboiled, noir, and detective fiction. Mixing serious analysis and humor, the co-hosts (Justin and Kurt) discuss a classic or contemporary work of crime fiction each episode. In addition to major works, they offer shorter reviews, and examine noir-ish topics such as alcoholism in detective fiction, the femme fatale, and race and labor in crime fiction. Stroll with Kurt and Justin down the rain drenched alleys and mean streets as they explore the fascinating w ...
 
Meet radio's hottest new detective - Jack Cassidy, PI! She may be a dame, but she's as tough and hard-bitten as the best in the biz. In thrilling weekly instalments, you can follow Jack's adventures as she matches wits with gangsters and grifters, bootleggers and bolsheviks, fascists and femme fatales. Welcome to the mean streets of Edmonton, 1936. The prairies will never be quite the same... Hardboiled is a queer noir mystery podcast from Empress of Blandings Productions, presented in assoc ...
 
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We made it to 50! In this golden anniversary of a show we return to the gritty, noir world of Jim Thompson with "Pop. 1280." It's another take on the corrupt sheriff that Thompson writes so well. Which character is more menacing; Lou Ford or Nick Corey? Which is the better novel? Tune in to find out. Get in touch with the show: Twitter: @pointblank…
 
In Episode 49, we dive deep into Attica Locke’s contemporary soon-to-be classic Bluebird, Bluebird. Justin reviews the western noir film Blood on the Moon, and we go five rounds in Five Round Burst. Get in touch with the show: Twitter: @pointblanknoir Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/…
 
A beautiful, mysterious American socialite puts Jack’s resolve never to become emotionally involved with a client to the test. Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Helen Belay, Michael Vetsch, Murray Farnell. Written and directed by Celia Taylor Technical direction and editing by Tegan Siganski Original score and sound design by Dave Clarke…
 
In Episode 48, we introduce Attica Locke's contemporary rural noir soon-to-be classic, Bluebird, Bluebird. We look more closely at rural noir -- what it is and who the major players are -- in Subject Unknown and take a close look at Chris McGinley's beautiful & disturbing short story collection, Coal Black. Finally, Kurt offers us up a Forgotten Cl…
 
Jack Cassidy, PI, is hired to investigate when the owner of a local meat packing plant and his beautiful young wife receive a mysterious threat. Is it a communist plot, or is there something else afoot? Cast: Ceris Backstrom, Lauren Hughes, Michael Vetsch, Trevor Duplessis, Ashley Mercia, Murray Farnell, Rory Turner, Kate Sheridan Written and direc…
 
Hi Blankers! This is our second of two episodes dedicated to Hawaiian Noir. Our deep dive is the short, gritty Yakudoshi: Age of Calamity by Chris McKinney, an under-heralded Hawaiian author who should be getting far more attention than he does. We also feature a review of Scott Kikkawa's first novel, Kona Winds, a historical detective story set in…
 
Welcome to episode 46! We head out into the Pacific for a look at Hawaiian Noir. For our featured book this time we focus on "For a Song" by Rodney Morales a classic detective tale with a lot of local flavor. In Subject Unknown and 5 Round Burst we focus on more reasons to enjoy Hawaiian Noir. This is part 1 of a 2 part look at the crime fiction of…
 
In Episode 45 we do a deep dive of Richard Stark’s The Hunter. Did we like it? Yes, but. . . Also in this episode, Justin discusses two classic noir films in Cinema Spotlight, and we get back to basics in Five Round Burst. Get in touch with the show: pointblanknoir@gmail.com Twitter: @pointblanknoir Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Dete…
 
Hey, Blankers! In Episode 44 we introduce Richard Stark's The Hunter, featuring the antihero of antiheroes, no-sense thief & miscreant Parker. Wrong Parker once, and you best watch your back. Also in this episode, Kurt shares a Forgotten Classic, Nightmare Alley, we chat about Crime Fiction in the age of Pandemic, & we learn a bit about prolific-as…
 
Greetings Blankers! In Episode 43, we dive deep into Philip K Dick’s sci-fi-noir classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In Forgotten Classics, Kurt puts Home is the Sailor by Day Keene to the test. We also review 5 books in 5 minutes during 5 Round Burst. Get in Touch! Join our Goodreads Group Visit our Patreon Email Us Facebook Twitter Don’…
 
Hello Blankers! Here is another short episode for these very difficult times. I (Kurt) am on my own this time looking at two classic noir era films which cover pandemics. "Panic in the Streets" and "The Killer That Stalked New York" are both from 1950 and feature some interesting noir takes on the issue. I enjoyed watching them and I hope you gain …
 
Greetings Blankers! In Episode 42, don your jet packs because we are going "back to the future" with our introduction to Philip K Dick's sci-fi-noir classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In Subject Unknown, we discuss Neo-Noir, particularly Sci-Fi Noir. For our Featured Review, we spend time with Dan Stout's terrific Titanshade, and Kurt als…
 
Hello Point Blank Listeners. Odds are you are under some type of stay at home order or doing some sort of social distancing. We've got you covered with a mini-episode. We both watched "Riot in Cell Block 11." It's a classic prison noir film that we both enjoyed. We talk about the film without any major spoilers, and it's pretty easy to find online …
 
Welcome to Point Blank! This time around we share another round of Coca-Cola with Paco Ignacio Taibo II as we take a deep dive into An Easy Thing. We both loved this book and can't stop talking about it. In Cinema Spotlight, we still can't get away from Paco as we look at a documentary based on Paco's Che biography. It just happens to be hosted by …
 
Welcome to Point Blank! Grab your Coke and cigarettes (It's the fuel for both our writer and our detective this episode.) and join us for a discussion of "An Easy Thing" by Paco Ignacio Taibo II. I think we are both in love with Paco's writing and he's a pretty interesting person as well. We'll introduce his work and his life as well as have a disc…
 
Welcome to Point Blank! We return to Sao Paulo, diving deep into Leighton Gage's Blood of the WIcked, the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation. We'll also reflect on City of God (2003), a Brazilian crime film that both of us agree is a modern classic, and we give you five Brazilian crime fiction hard hitters in Five Round Burst. Get in t…
 
Welcome to Point Blank! In this episode we travel down to the beautiful beaches, massive cities, and humid jungles of Brazil to explore Brazilian Noir. We'll introduce Leighton Gage's 'Blood of the WIcked' the first Chief Inspector Mario Silva investigation. We'll take a look at some of the crime fiction books of the decade, and see if 'Carny Kill'…
 
Welcome to the second part of our feature on Natsuo Kirino's noir classic Out. We dive deep into the text and discuss the good and the less good. Warning: spoilers aplenty so read ahead. We also review Akira Kurosawa's film noir classic Stray Dog, look back at Black Mask's lesser known young sibling, Manhunt Magazine, and give you five kill shots i…
 
In Episode 36, we head as far east as we're going to go on on our Noir Trip Around the World as we take you to the industrial wastelands of working class Tokyo with our introduction to Natsuo Kirino's very popular and controversial crime noir, Out. In Subject Unknown, we chat about Japanese Noir, and Kurt shares a Dog Eared Classic. Get in touch wi…
 
Welcome to Point Blank Podcast! In Episode 35, we take a close look at two sisters; ones a killer, the other cleans up the mess. We travel to Lagos, Nigeria a place think with a gritty noir feel where we cover Oyinkan Braithwaite's wildly popular "My Sister, The Serial Killer." We look at the work of a nearly forgotten female mystery writer from th…
 
Welcome to Point Blank Podcast! In Episode 34, we are off to Nigeria for a look at the riveting tale of two sisters, "My Sister, the Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite From the title you'd probably guess one is in fact a killer, and the other gets really good at cleaning up the mess. We introduce Braithwaite's novel and review a Halloween Treat,…
 
Welcome to Point Blank Podcast! In Episode 33, we take a deep dive into the cold blue waters of Jean-Claude Izzo's stunningly fresh and sensual hardboiled classic, Total Chaos. We review a couple films from Guild Cinema's 16th Annual Film Noir Fest. And, yes, we also pull the trigger on 5 Round Burst. Get in touch with the show! pointblanknoir@gmai…
 
We've packed our bags and hopped the pond to explore the noir of the Mediterranean focusing in on Marseilles, France. We introduce 'Total Chaos' by Jean-Claude Izzo and the broader topic of Mediterranean Noir. In 'Well Thumbed Classics' we cover two collections one featuring the Western Noir of Harry Whittington and the other the work of Bernice Ca…
 
Gather 'round for part 2 of our episode on Cormac McCarthy's border noir classic, No Country for Old Men. In Well Thumbed Classics, Kurt reviews Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze. In Five Round Burst, we review 5 strong books, including two by Gabino Iglesias. Get in touch with the show: Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detectiv…
 
Welcome back to Point Blank! In this episode we introduce 'No Country For Old Men' and Cormac McCarthy. We also discuss the broad topic of Western and Border Noir. Justin reviews 'Mystery Tribune.' Get in touch with the show: Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com Twitter: @pointblanknoir Don'…
 
We dive deep into Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not. Did we love the book? Well, that's complicated. Kurt offers a Dog-Eared Classic review: The Men From the Boys by Ed Lacy (Stark House Press) We also offer up six selections in 5 Round Burst, including Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana and Ann Aptaker's Flesh and Gold Find Us: Facebook: Poin…
 
Hemingway. In this episode we tackle a big author and one of his lesser known books. We introduce To Have and Have Not, discuss Hemingway's life and address the racist language found in this work. "Milwaukee Noir," edited by Tim Hennessy and published by Akashic Books, is our featured review this episode. We return to the Midwest for some rust belt…
 
Are you ready for our deep discussion of Horace McCoy's existential noir classic, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?? We sure are. We dig into the text, discuss Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, talk about existentialism in the context of writers like Woolrich and Goodis, and share our latests reads in Five Round Burst. Join our Goodreads group. Find us on F…
 
In this episode we introduce They Shoot Horses, Don't They? It's also time for Philosophy 101 with Justin and Kurt as we attempt to look at Existentialism in crime fiction. Our newest segment, Dog Eared Classics looks at No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase and we explore the life of Horace McCoy. Join our Goodreads group. Find us on …
 
We might be discussing In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B Hughes, but this episode is anything but lonely. We simply loved this book and have a great time discussing it in detail. We cover quite a few reviews as well, taking a look at both books and television this time around. TV Reviews: The Expanse, Damnation, Happy!, Fyre: The Greatest Party That N…
 
Greetings! We introduce Dorothy Hughes' noir classic In A Lonely Place, discuss alcoholism in detective fiction for Subject Unknown, and dig up what we can about who Dorothy Hughes was and what made her tick. Join our Goodreads Group: www.goodreads.com/group/show/747867-point-blank Visit our Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime Contact U…
 
Welcome back and happy 2019! This time we look at "Devil in a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosely, we do some reviews and we get into a bit of a controversial topic regarding the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. *Sorry for the Delay with this episode. 2019 came with a lot of chaos on my end. Good and Bad. Kurt* Books Reviewed: "Pirata" by Pat…
 
Hello Again. This time we introduce Walter Mosley's "Devil in a Blue Dress." In Subject Unknown we look at the state of the podcast and where we are going, and we also have a few featured reviews. Join our Goodreads Group:www.goodreads.com/group/show/747867-point-blank Visit our Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/pointblankcrime Contact Us: Facebook: …
 
"A Flash of Green" by John D MacDonald. Well...we sure didn't love it, but that doesn't mean we don't have something to say. We dig deep to find out what does and does not work in this novel. Justin brings us another really stupid mystery. Where we are forced to ask what lurks in the shadows around Walden Pond. Of course there's also reviews!! 5 Ro…
 
Hello again from Point Blank! Join us as we head on down to Florida to introduce "A Flash of Green" and John D MacDonald. We'll explore what's lurking in the shadows of the magic kingdom as we discuss Florida Crime Fiction and all that it entails. Our featured review this episode is Joe Clifford's hardboiled drug fueled tale "Junkie Love." We have …
 
Step right into the sauna as we discuss The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo our first look at Nordic Noir. We go back in time for a really stupid mystery series from the age of the Vikings. As bonus pillage you also get 5 reviews in 5 Round Burst: "Rhode Island Red" by Charlotte Carter "Noir" by Christopher Moore "Miami Purity" by Vicki Hendricks "Jar …
 
Cold, Rocky, Windswept. We discuss Nordic Noir, Stieg Larsson, and introduce "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Vikings, The Nordic Model, and exposing the extreme right. Grab some aquavit, lutefisk, and lefsa and join us for this trip to the north. Find Us On: Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction Email: pointblankpodcast@…
 
Welcome to our special summer episode. We joined forces in San Francisco to walk in the footsteps of Sam Spade and Dashiell Hammett. This was an experimental episode for us, I hope you enjoy. View the photos on Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction
 
All Abbott! All Queenpin! We discuss this wonderful neo-noir tale from one of the "Queens of Noir." There are spoilers, as we do discuss the whole book, but we believe this one is worth more than one read. Get in touch with the show: Email: pointblanknoir@gmail.com Facebook: Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, and Detective Fiction Twitter: @pointblankn…
 
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